Tex­ans re­lease strug­gling safety Reed

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HOUSTON | The Houston Tex­ans re­leased nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and put run­ning back Arian Fos­ter on in­jured re­serve Tues­day, the lat­est blows in a dis­as­ter of a sea­son.

Reed missed the first two games af­ter hip surgery and was re­cently rel­e­gated to a backup role. On Fri­day, he ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure at not start­ing. On Sun­day, af­ter Houston’s sev­enth straight loss, he pub­licly crit­i­cized the team and said they had been out­played and out­coached in the team’s first full game with­out coach Gary Ku­biak, who is re­cov­er­ing from a mini-stroke.

In­terim coach Wade Phillips, who is the team’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, seemed un­happy when asked about Reed’s com­ments on Mon­day.

“Every­body has their own feel­ings about what’s hap­pen­ing,” Phillips said. “They have their own ideas about what’s hap­pen­ing or didn’t hap­pen. We try to keep ev­ery­thing in house.”

Be­fore the Tex­ans (2-7) an­nounced his re­lease, Reed tweeted: “Thanks to the Tex­ans! And the City of Htown!”

The 35-year-old Reed was signed to a three-year, $15 mil­lion con­tract in the off­sea­son af­ter he spent his en­tire 11-year ca­reer with Bal­ti­more. The Tex­ans courted him in an ef­fort to beef up what they saw as an elite de­fen­sive unit that needed an up­grade in the sec­ondary to make an ex­pected run at the Su­per Bowl.

But Reed never showed the play­mak­ing abil­ity he had be­come known for in Bal­ti­more and had just 16 tack­les this sea­son.

The move could mean the end of the ca­reer of a player many be­lieve is the best to ever play his po­si­tion. He was the AP De­fen­sive Player of the Year in 2004 and led the league in in­ter­cep­tions that sea­son and again in 2008 and 2010. He’s made the Pro Bowl in each of the last seven sea­sons and was a five-time All-Pro. said an of­fi­cer smelled “a strong odor of mar­i­juana from in­side of the ve­hi­cle,” and asked Bowe and two pas­sen­gers to get out of the car.

Po­lice then used a dog to search for il­le­gal sub­stances and found a bag with Bowe’s wal­let and two con­tain­ers hold­ing what the of­fi­cer sus­pected was mar­i­juana. One con­tainer held 6.6 grams of the sub­stance, and the other had 3.8 grams, or about one-third of an ounce in all.

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